Sunday, February 7, 2016

Community Rallies to Help Hegins Valley Family After Medical Emergency

Hegins, PA - The Wolfgang family of Hegins are learning just how strong their local community is. When Michael Wolfgang fell unexpectedly ill soon after Christmas and was hospitalized, friends and family quickly organized efforts to help the family in crisis. An upcoming Chinese Auction is being organized to support the family of Michael Wolfgang. The event will be held Sunday March 6th at Sacramento Fire Hall. Doors open at 12:00pm and the auction starts at 2:00pm. A preview day for those unable to make Sunday’s auction will be open on Saturday, March 5th from 6:00-8:00pm. All proceeds will go toward the medical expenses Michael has accumulated during his hospital and rehabilitation stays.

An unknown infection caused total paralysis below Michael’s waist, leaving him in intensive care and unable to return to work. Michael is the husband of Amy and father to two children, Tanner and Alexa, students at Tri-Valley High School.

“The community has really come together very quickly to help out Mike and Amy and the kids.” states Christy Leiter, longtime friend of the Wolfgang family. “We have been receiving generous donations from friends and strangers alike. The school district and many local businesses and organizations have already donated some wonderful prizes for the auction despite the short amount of time we’ve had to prepare. I know Mike and Amy are so grateful to live in a community that really cares. He has a long road to recovery and he’s been working so hard every day to get better. Knowing so many people are pitching in to help is an immense relief to Mike and his family. ”

Donations are still being collected. Individuals and businesses interested in donating to the auction can contact Leiter at 570-985-7240. An event, Chinese Auction to Benefit Michael Wolfgang, has been created on Facebook with additional details about prizes. Fliers have been distributed around the community. Refreshments will be served at the auction which also features a 50/50 raffle and a large prize table.